Sven Yiddah’s second half flicked header helped Kariobangi Sharks collect a third successive 1-0 victory over Bandari in a Kenyan Premier League match that had the unusual 11am kickoff time.
The midfielder placed himself right in front of the Dockers’ keeper Faruk Shikhalo and got the faintest of touches from a whipped delivery down the left side, giving Sharks a hard-earned point at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds.
The hosts created a score of first half chances but which were all spurned by the trio of Harrison Mwendwa, Duke Abuya and Kapaito.
Francis Manoah hit the back of the net half into the half but he was flagged offside. Bandari’s chance came courtesy of some long range strikes but John Oyemba was switched on in Sharks’ goal, the opening half ending barren.William Muluya’s side kept piling on the pressure after the interval and were rewarded 10 minutes after the restart, Yiddah getting the decisive touch off a devilish delivery from Duke Abuya.
The hosts, with a spring in their step, were enjoying possession especially when throbbing the wings with Manoah and Mwendwa’s pace constantly threatening their visitors.
It was Kapaito however who kept getting in the danger zone but the center forward wasn’t clinical as the chances went begging.
Bandari looked were just as good down the wings with marauding fullback Sammy Mejja whipping crosses in but the Sharks defence were resolute.
Mejja and substitute David King’atua both had a chance to test Oyemba with free kicks in promising positions but they both slammed the Sharks wall, with former Muhoroni Youth midfielder Collins Agade shooting straight at Oyemba.
Wycliffe Ochomo, trading dangerously after a first half booking, was well marshalled late on as Bandari pumped up the pressure, their efforts not good enough to prevent a third successive loss to Sharks who extended their unbeaten run to six matches.
The duo are level on 24 points with Sharks’ better goal difference keeping them at sixth position, one spot better than Bandari.